Before 2013 faded into a complete blur, we asked HarderFaster members to look back and tell us who, what, when and where made the year memorable, whether that be for good or bad reasons.
This year’s poll saw a good turnout, and your votes continue to demonstrate their usual wit and wisdom with Josie managing a couple of mentions for festival and kerb appearing in every category.
And as we’ve noticed in our recent annual polls, you all have pretty diverse and eclectic tastes so we’ll continue to award top honours to those who were clearly in the lead and honourable mentions to those who were near the top.
HarderFaster Club Night of the Year 2013 Which was the best overall promotion of the year?
Winner: Lost Dawn
Lost Dawn takes the crown again, and after their Carnival Festival last summer we’re not surprised it was a landslide.
Honourable mention goes to Myopia.
HarderFaster After Party of the Year 2013 If the night is just not enough then this is where you'll be, and 2013 finally confirmed the trend - you’d rather be at a crack-on than a formal event when it comes to afters.
Honourable mentions go to Twist, Jaded and Marlowe’s.
HarderFaster Day Party of the Year 2013 Don't fancy a late night? This is the daytime party where it's all happening.
Winner: Lost Dawn presents Carnival
Lost Dawn were clear winners in 2013 with their Carnival mini-festival delivering on all fronts!
HF Xmas party receives an honourable mention, along with Trance Sanctuary.
HarderFaster New Party of the Year 2013
Winner: Brixton Trance Underworld
Brixton Trance Underworld takes top spot in 2013, but last year’s winners Dance:Love:Hub and Astral Circus polled highly so receive honourable mentions.
HarderFaster Festival of the Year 2013 What was your favourite festival of 2013?
Westfest takes top spot as your favourite festival in 2013, with London’s 10th anniversary SW4 and Glastonbury in second place and Standon Calling rating highly.
HarderFaster Venue of the Year 2013 What was your favourite clubbing venue in 2013?
Winner Club 414.
Club 414 lifts the cup again, with Lost Dawn’s new home, Prince of Wales a close second.
HarderFaster New Venue of the Year 2013 What was your favourite new venue in 2013?
Winner: Prince of Wales
The relaunched Brixton Clubhouse takes New Venue of 2013.
Choons 'n Labels
Another trend continues with votes being divided in these categories so we’ll continue to award prizes where there’s a clear winner, and mentions to the cream of the crop.
HarderFaster Tune of the Year 2013 A selection of your favourite tunes produced this year:
Nutty T - R U Ready
Rob Tissera - Gonna Be Alright
And the poll wouldn’t be complete without BK – Revolution!
HarderFaster Remix of the Year 2013 Your pick of the tunes revamped and refreshed this year?
Another diverse vote so here are a couple which were popular:
Mirror City vs Daft Punk - Doin' It Right
Energy Syndicate & F.O.I.D – Insomnia
HarderFaster Album of the Year 2013 Which album was the best of the year?
Another selection of your favourites, with an interesting return to the harder end of the musical spectrum.
Various - In an ideal world v2 & 3
Nutty T – Sanctum
Trentemøller - Lost
HarderFaster Producer of the Year 2013 This year's top producers
In a switch around Nutty T takes top place this year, with honourable mentions for Mirror City, Champa and Libra-9.
HarderFaster Remixer of the Year 2013 Who's made the best remixes this year?
Nutty T and Mirror City share top spot, with many more mentions than we have room to list.
DeeJays and Performers
HarderFaster DJ of the Year 2013 Who was your favourite DJ in 2013?
Adam Symbiosis shares his 2012 DJ crown with partner in crime Craig Gunn.
Honourable mention goes again to Latex Zebra
HarderFaster Live Act of the Year 2013 Which or who was your favourite live act in 2013?
Kites takes take top spot for 2013, unsurprising after their popular appearance at Carnival.
HarderFaster Resident DJ of the Year 2013 Which resident DJ at which club made it their own in 2013?
Adam Symbiosis shares another accolade with fellow Lost Dawn resident Craig Gunn.
After their Village People performance at Carnival who could doubt this year’s result, with honourable mentions to Latex Zebra and FOID.
HarderFaster International DJ of the Year 2013 Outside the scope of regular clubbing, which world class DJ ranks as number one?
Winner: John 00 Fleming
John retains his 2012 crown as worldwide favourite.
HarderFaster Set of the Year 2013 Which DJ played your favourite set this year and what event was it at?
Another scoop for our 2013 winners as John 00 Fleming takes top spot for his set at Lost Dawn Carnival
HarderFaster Photographer of the Year 2013 Who was the best contributor to HarderFaster's Photo section?
teknoman takes top place again and retains his crown as HF’s most popular photographer.
HarderFaster Feature Writer of the Year 2013 Who was the best contributor to HarderFaster's Feature section?
Tara continues to inform and entertain with her vast knowledge of dance music and easy writing style.
HarderFaster Review Writer of the Year 2013 Who was the best contributor to HarderFaster's Tune Review section?
Winner: Pete M
Pete Morton remains your reviewer of choice in 2013
HarderFaster Thread of the Year 2013 Which was your favourite thread of 2013?
HarderFaster Member of the Year 2013 Who was your favourite overall HarderFaster member in 2013?
Slink retains his crown as Member of the Year 2013 but hot on his heels were bear grrrr and Staggo.
HarderFaster Intellectual of the Year 2013 Which HarderFaster member gave you food for thought in 2013?
Stakker continues in his post as HarderFaster’s resident intellectual, although we were a little concerned at some of the other nominations…
HarderFaster Redeemed Member of the Year 2013 Who in your eyes redeemed themselves during the year?
There’s no denying it, Donnie makes HarderFaster more interesting and entertaining, and this award proves he can do it by wit and wisdom alone (or so he says anyway).
HarderFaster Party Animal of the Year 2013 Who was HarderFaster's party animal in 2013?
Skaramanga extends his lead, retaining the HarderFaster Party Animal crown and from the massive response he doesn't look like he’s likely to slip any time soon. Threats of settling down are as empty as his bottle of tequila, just go easy on him on Tuesdays.
Honourable mentions to bear grrrr who’s catching up fast (but is probably still a lightweight), and Adam Symbiosis in a close third place.
HarderFaster Smoothest Operator of the Year 2013 Who was HarderFaster's smoothest operator during 2013?
Donnie is crowned HarderFaster’s Mr Smooooth, with 2012 winner Kerb sliding down the greasy pole into second. Can young kerb up his game for next year?
HarderFaster The Dark Side of the Year 2013 Which HarderFaster member did you love to hate in 2013?
Winner: 3radical takes top spot, defeating 2012 Darth Vader Latex Zebra, but newcomer Slink. enters the race with a strong showing in the Dark Side despite his member of the year award so it’s all to play for in 2014.
HarderFaster Flounce of the Year 2013 Who performed the best 3-point flounce in the year?
Joint Winners: Latex Zebra and Quin.
Latex Zebra achieves legendary status, retaining an Honorary Flounce crown several years after the actual event (with perhaps the odd mini flounce thrown in), but there’s a new kid leaving the block in the form of Quin and we felt it was fair to award a joint prize in this category.
HarderFaster Meltdown of the Year 2013 Who threw their toys AND pram out of the nursery window?
Joint Winners: Latex Zebra and 3radical
Chernobyl has nothing on these two. The fallout can be felt far and wide with Mothercare no longer taking orders for replacement toys.
Congratulations to all our worthy winners, and runners up; commiserations to those who didn’t quite make the mark; thanks to all who took time to vote.
So that’s a wrap for our 2013 awards; keep your eyes and ears open for what’s best and worst in 2014, and we look forward to seeing your votes next year.
Photos taken from the HarderFaster archive and winners’ web sites. Not to be reproduced without permission.
From: Slink.on 21st Feb 2014 08:38.38 LZ, was that your original comment?
Well done folks!
Thanks also to DanJ & ck's campaign, I got two mentions now
From: ceekayon 21st Feb 2014 10:04.22 Marlowe's, lol. Good work everyone.
From: Cerberuson 21st Feb 2014 11:13.11 awesomenation....
From: Stakkeron 21st Feb 2014 12:20.03 I've only just seen this, thanks people!
From: Latex Zebraon 21st Feb 2014 18:25.35 No Slink.
I said 'Seriously?' But I thought that seemed a little negative for a first comment and may have looked like I was dissing a winner rather than facepalming at getting an honoray flounce trophy.
From: Pete Mon 4th Mar 2014 12:08.43 Wow. Thanks, guys. Been a bit slacking with the reviews recently due to work and stuff. But this means a lot. In the words of the Judge, "we continue". Now let's all get fucking pissed.
From: Taraon 11th Mar 2014 19:39.57 Thx HF! Actually thought the other half deserved it this time round, but he'll just have to try harder this year Also great to see Astral Circus getting a mention, hope to see you at our 2nd birthday on Friday 27th June!
From: Nikki Son 18th Apr 2014 13:46.54 Congratulations Tara and to all of the winners! Looking forward to seeing everyone at Astral Circus on the 27th June!!! Yayee!
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